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It really seems a waste to just toss wine bottle corks into recycling.  Cork is a wonderfully lightweight natural material which can be used in jewelry making.  Cork is  impermeable so there is no worries of it getting soggy at all.  And should you drop cork jewelry in any body of water, it will float!

Lisa Storms tutorial shows how slices of bottle cork can be decorated with paint and stamps.  Simple eye screws allow the little wine cork charms to be used as earrings or pendants.

The Far Side of Glass has a tutorial which involves steaming the corks for 10 minutes to moisten them a little. This then makes the slicing easier.

There are so many different ways to upcycle cork.  Check out the links below for some ideas!

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  1. I just saw a pic of a pendant made from a wine cork. It was absolutely stunning. This certainly has me rummaging through my stash for my corks!

    1. It's not what you use but how you use it that counts!!

  2. I love all ideas for upcycling unusual items for jewelry making. My only concern is that cork is too lightweight and a pendant should be heavier. But then, if it's a collar, it will probably stay well!

    1. You are right about cork being very lightweight. These charms would be ideal as earrings or perhaps for a charm bracelet.

  3. Best excuse to get that next bottle of wine, eh?


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